Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Showing posts with label refashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label refashion. Show all posts

Upcycle: Sweater Re-sew-lution ...





YEAH!  I love this idea.  I know exactly which sweater is about to get the chop.  Thanks to Me Sew Crazy for hosting the tutorial.  Check out Tea Rose Home for more upcycling ideas from Suchiko - like the old-cardigan-turns-scarf below:







Recycle: Downsize a sweater!




I have three old stretched-out sweaters sitting in a box waiting for exactly this kind of repurposing!  Thanks to Homemade Ginger for the great tutorial!  (Headband tutorial is separate)






Recycle: Waxing colorful ...


If you've got kids (or work with kids) you've got crayons.  Lots of them. Melting down broken pieces to create colorful "new" crayons is an old idea ... but a good one, so I keep seeing creative versions for weddings, holidays and parties.  If the silicone cookie /candy mould exists, you can make crayons in that shape (gingerbread crayons for the holidays?)

I was inspired to finally feature crayons myself thanks to the amazing "crayon art" tutorial recently posted on 52 Kitchen Adventures.  What a FANTASTIC way to involve kids in making art... never mind the "science" of melting, mixing, cooling etc.



Melted crayon wedding favors?  Not sure about this one ... but great for the kid's table!


A different, more grown-up take on the dripping crayon art idea... care of Jenna Brown


An oh-so-pretty example of sorting the scraps and re-inventing them! 


A sweet, colorful valentine that includes a little sparkle .... from Whipperberry.  


Crayon-themed birthday party?  Color me in!




Upcycle: Dishtowel Art Apron


This is a great, simple "hand-made" gift for the little artists in your life!  Full tutorial here care of Obsessively Stitching.  Lots of other fun projects on her blog too.

Refashion: Recyled sweater hats ...






This is a project I've been sitting on for years! That means old sweaters taking up space "in-waiting". I finally found the right inspiration and here they are. I was really inspired by this lovely project from One Pearl Button. Ultimately, I followed (most of) the instructions given for this one.


I ignored the advice re. cotton-blend sweaters and surged the edges of the pieces once cut out. They did just fine. Instead of stitching in the top edges on the brown hat, I turned them out to create the flower - never lose an opportunity for a touch of whimsy! I also made a lining out of a soft cotton knit so that these babies are actually warm.